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How extensively should we interrogate/pursue post authors about suspected ulterior motives or suspected thoughts or beliefs?

NASA is quite a transparent organization with extensive public outreach and is therefore exposed to all kinds of things. To our great advantage as a Stack Exchange community we have many users (and ...
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Difference between [law], [regulatory] and [international-politics] tags? The last two have no use guidance, what might that be?

law 117 questions: Relating to treaties, laws, ownership and disputes during the exploration of space. For non-space exploration related law questions, see our sister site Law Stack Exchange. ...
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We have the “record” tag, would a tag for “firsts” or “how many” question be helpful to make these answers grouped and easy to find?

The record tag currently has 127 questions, and this makes all the valuable answers about space records (most, smallest, etc.) easily accessible to future readers. We also have classes of questions &...
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Is this question about evaluating my math regarding a fictional spacecraft on-topic?

Background I've written a short story set in a sci-fi universe. It involves a spaceship traveling across interstellar distances, so I'm sure there are a bunch of issues I've hand-waved away regarding ...
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Shall we make it explicit site policy that screenshots of text ≠ readable text?

As a helpful example only, this otherwise great answer to Is Starship planned to fly directly to the ISS without first stage? Is it even possible? relies heavily on the readers ability to read ...
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Is CSS a better tag for the Chinese Space Station Tiangong (“Heavenly Palace”)?

Background Because Stack Exchange sites are requited to stick to English (except for those specifically in other languages) we sometimes make certain choices. For example it's been previously ...
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Would a “space-governance” new tag be of interest?

With the growing number of private space activities, both for commercial and for non-profit (educational/scientific/hobbies/...), it is legitimate to ask questions on whether a regulatory framework ...
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Tag name for MMU, SAFER, and similar?

What would be a good tag name for devices that help propel a spacewalking astronaut? Such devices include the MMU, SAFER, and the canned gas that Ed White used during his spacewalk. I have a pending ...
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How should questions about a characteristic of multiple launchers be handled?

Following up on this question, I'd like to ask about the temperature requirements for various solid boosters, including but not limited to Shuttle SRBs, SLS SRBs, and the Minotaur I's second stage. I'...
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Should old questions by a deleted user not be re-asked just so someone can choose the accepted answer?

The following question was asked 26 days ago: Is there independent evidence that China landed a robot on Mars in May 2021? Since then, the asker of the original question has deleted the account. An ...
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Should lop-g, deep-space-gateway and gateway be synonymized? If so, to what?

We have lop-g with 5 questions deep-space-gateway with 18 questions gateway with 2 questions Which may all want to refer to the Lunar Gateway: The Lunar Gateway, or simply Gateway, is a planned ...
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Is breakthrough-starshot the best tag, and should the project-starshot tag now be a synonym for it?

We have breakthrough-starshot (3 questions) and project-starshot (8 questions) and the Wikipedia article Breakthrough Starshot says: Breakthrough Starshot is a research and engineering project by ...
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Should we clean up and separate 'attitude' and 'attitude-determination-and-control' questions, or just further merge these last two tags?

Thanks to the retiring of the adcs tag we now have: attitude 211 questions: Questions on ascertaining, predicting, and controlling spatial orientation and rotation of spacecraft, and on forces that ...
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Get rid of the old ADCS tag and either merge with attitude-control or attitude-determination-and-control?

We have had the old adcs tag since October 2016 and I think I created it. The acronym is for Attitude Determination and Control System. Random links legitimizing the acronym Attitude Determination ...
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Why was the Falcon 9 wash/paint question closed as duplicate?

Link to Q: Do Falcon 9s get a thorough wash or a fresh coat of paint (they look clean pre-reflight)? It was voted leave open the first time, but it was closed, and the reopen review was also 3x leave ...
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Is the single-use attitude-indicator tag necessary? Should it just be synonymized with instrument?

This is about a reasonable tag that may be used so infrequently and has a good alternative that I wonder if we should cull it out of good tag hygene practice. What order were space shuttle roll-pitch-...
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While the first nine Alcubierre drive questions were on-topic, why is what an astronaut would see gazing out the back window be off-topic?

If you travelled at exactly the speed of light, what would the stars look like behind you? was closed as off topic, reasons include I think that it's clearly not relevant to space exploration (if ...
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Can we pleeease buy the space.se domain name?

Space.se seems to be an available domain name. It doesn't load any site and isn't parked anywhere. When I try to go to it I just get a 'this site can't be reached' error. It's for sites in Sweden, but ...
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Is this particular close vote's reason absurd and the timing damaging to the site? Does this make us look silly?

I propose that the idea behind this particular close vote is absurd and the timing is damaging to the site. The upcoming uncontrolled Long March 5B booster reentry is imminent (days) and is widely ...
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Alternate orbital mechanics question

I have a question that I think is quite fascinating, but first, I don't know if it really belongs here, and second, I don't know how to phrase it in a constructive, answerable format for a Q&A ...
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Do we need a 'livery' tag?

Ref: Livery on rockets? It seems unlikely that this tag will be very useful. Are there roughly similar ones already?
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We have both electric-propulsion and ion-thruster tags, are they distinct? What would be good usage guidance for electric-propulsion?

The ion-thruster tag is used on 125 questions and it's usage guidance is: Questions about engines used in space that accelerate ions to create thrust. and it has been synonymized with ion-drive, ion-...
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Is there enough overlap between these four “space ship shape” questions to close at least one as duplicate?

Is there enough overlap between these four "space ship shape" questions to close at least one as duplicate? Are there enough stray gasses in space to justify streamlining a probe? Is the ...
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What's going on with all the downvoting on my answers here?

Have light gases like hydrogen or helium been explored for ion propulsion? asks what it asks. In the body of the question it's restated as: Has the "ion sorcery" for light gases like ...
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Why the repeated downvotes on fine questions?

I fully expect this to be deleted in 10 seconds flat. That's OK. I've noticed various people are downvoting perfectly fine questions for no apparent reason whatsoever. Worse, they don't bother to say ...
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Is the [radio] tag necessary?

There are 18 questions tagged radio. I am proposing deleting it, as it is largely redundant and confused with other tags. 10 are also tagged radio-communication. 2 more are tagged radio-astronomy or ...
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What do you think about a weekly new tag report bot?

I moderate other communities outside of Stack Exchange, and in most other cases I have put on my app developer hat to make some helpful bots. I haven't done that yet for Space Exploration, but I'm ...
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At what point does a question about what happens inside a rocket engine become absolutely off-topic? (rocket fuel reaction products chemistry)

Under the well-answered, currently closed and on its way to be reopened (please vote!) question What is the products of a catalyzed reaction between Hydrogen Peroxide and Ethanolamine with Copper(II) ...
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Are questions about the U.S. Space Force on topic? Tag needed?

There have been questions and answers which have mentioned the U.S. Space Force. Do we want questions specifically about it on-topic? If so, should there be a tag? How should such a tag be spelled ...
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Would a “pyrotechnics” tag be useful?

We currently have an explosives tag. It has 13 questions, ranging in topic from explosive decompression, explosives as a propellant, the ALSEP grenades, and pyrotechnics. I have some interest in ...
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60th anniversary of Gagarin's flight

Update: The first human spaceflight was Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961. Space Exploration celebrated the 60th anniversary with a series of questions: Was the SK-1 spacesuit tested in flight prior to ...
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Where to ask a question about rocket fuel?

I want to ask a question about rocket fuel, and I'm wondering if I should do it here or on chemistry. It would be about an alternative to certain fuels. Where should I ask this? Thanks!
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Are these two similar questions ripe for merging?

Answers to my recent question How hard does atmospheric drag push on the ISS? Is it more than one pound? and the 2015 question What is the ISS drag? both provide numbers for the drag force that the ...
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Should we also close “Are the Mars landings real?” questions as duplicates of “Are the Moon landings real”?

In this answer to Do we need a canonical Mars Landings Are Real answer? I propose that the work and consensus that went into the closing of Moon landing hoaxer class questions as duplicates of our now ...
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Guidance on duplicate pairs of questions

I am not sure how I can ask for help with this other than here, although I realised I've asked related questions in the last couple of days on meta: sorry. There are currently a pair of questions ...
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What does the “status-completed” tag mean on “discussion” questions? How does it compare to/contrast with an answer being accepted?

It seems I'd left this tab open on my phone a week ago because it intrigued/confused me. What does the status-completed tag denote in the context of questions tagged discussion? I'm thinking that it ...
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Do we need a canonical Mars Landings Are Real answer?

Similar to How do we know the Apollo Moon landings are real? There's been a tremendous amount of churn on the site recently because user azot has been asking questions hinting around about the US Mars ...
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Providing good answers to closed questions

There have recently been some questions which have been closed for, I think, good reasons related to the likely intent of the person asking them inferred from the narrative pushed in the question ...
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Edit to an answer, adding more relevant information, rejected by author because it's “not their intent”

https://space.stackexchange.com/a/50284/6449 Someone commented below the above answer that it was missing information regarding the range of rovers using RTGs, so I edited that answer to include that ...
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Where should I ask question related to indoor farming

As a project, a bit of fun and experiment, I want to work on 'Indoor farming', but with great projects come great questions. So did I, mostly with light frequency, intensity, watt, stuff that you can'...
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What are the best books to learn about space exploration? [duplicate]

I would like to learn more about space exploration; what technology we have, how specific satellite technologies work, rocket design etc. What books would you advise to read? Where would you advise to ...
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Is this the right place to ask hypothetical terraforming questions?

I want to know whats a proper venue for questions about hypothetical terraforming scenarios. Ex: "What if terraformed using fusion ... " This seemed like a good place but a question I posted ...
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Should we have a policy for excessive story-spoiling in comments?

In question and answer posts there is a spoiler alert feature: Below the question What is the maximum force a deep space spacecraft experiences after launch? there is an extended conversation in ...
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Do we need a smallsat tag, or might we just include small satellites within the cubesat tag's usage guidance?

To What was the first satellite with COTS electronics? I've added the cubesat tag though I really just want to specify any small satellites (as opposed to space stations and big communications ...
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What if my question about orbital mechanics is not a problem that I'm facing, but I'm simply interested in finding out the answer?

The help center's What types of questions should I avoid asking? says near the top that: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Does apsidal ...
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Am I really “wasting people's time” by posting a KSP-related question, then answering it when there were 4 close votes?

Are Jool's moons' orbits stable? has had some focused attention; that the bodies are fictitious rather than hypothetical is the reason that the question needed to be closed if I understand ...
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Should there be a “no evidence of research” flag/VTC option?

The recent “so what happened with New Horizons, anyway?” question is the starkest example I’ve seen of a question that is trivially answered by a quick look at the obvious Wikipedia entry. I’d like to ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Beginner questions adding maneuverability and/or guidance under power to amateur model rockets; could/should they be closed as inherently dangerous?

Background What kind of security while using solid propellent? was asked at 2018-06-27 00:06 UTC, I flagged it at 01:28 and it ...
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Synonym [eva] and [spacewalk]

[space-walk] is already a synonym but spacewalk has 32 questions

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